Logic texts intended explicitly for Christians are indeed rare. Even more rare is a volume as cogent and helpful as this study by one of evangelicalism’s leading philosophers.
Norman Geisler, along with Ronald Brooks, shows how Christians can greatly improve their thinking skills. “To learn the rules of clear and correct thinking,” the authors maintain, “is more than an academic exercise. For the Christian, it is also a means of spiritual service” since “the principles of good reason flow from God’s very nature.”
After defining logic and delineating its values, the authors focus on two types of reasoning: deductive and inductive. They articulate rules to form syllogisms and list formal and informal fallacies to be avoided. They then outline a strategy for converting everyday reading into logical arrangements and conclude with a discussion on the scientific method of inductive reasoning.
In the Logos edition, all Scripture passages in Come Let Us Reason are tagged and appear on mouse-over, and all Scripture passages link to your favorite Bible translation in your library. With Logos’ advanced features, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of “logical thinking” or “syllogisms.”
Norman L. Geisler has taught at university and graduate levels for nearly 50 years and has spoken, traveled, or debated in all 50 states and in 26 countries. He holds a BA and MA from Wheaton College, a ThB from William Tyndale College, and a PhD in philosophy from Loyola University.
After his studies at Wheaton, he became the graduate assistant in the Bible-philosophy department at the college. He has since taught Bible, apologetics and philosophy at Detroit Bible College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Dallas Theological Seminary, and was the dean of Liberty Center for research and scholarship in Lynchburg, VA. In 1992, he cofounded and served as the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, until 2006. Currently, he is a professor of theology and apologetics at SES.